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Branch Group Integrates Roanoke- and Charlottesville-Based Operating Companies

March 18, 2021

As part of its long-term strategic growth initiative, the Branch Group, a leading construction management firm, has integrated its established service contractors, G.J. Hopkins and L.A. Lacy.
Founded in 1958, G.J. Hopkins is a full-service mechanical, electrical, and plumbing firm that serves Southwest Virginia, while L.A. Lacy, a mechanical and plumbing company in operation for 100 years, serves Central Virginia.
This integration will allow Branch Group’s Roanoke-based G.J. Hopkins to bring its exceptional service and offerings to commercial and industrial clients in the Central Virginia market, including sheet metal fabrication, pipe prefabrication, special projects, and building information modeling.
“We always look for ways to drive superior value for our customers and clients and feel certain that this integration will bring the best of both worlds in the MEP space under one umbrella,” said Branch Group CEO Donald Graul.
G.J. Hopkins President Ernie Caldwell will lead the new “G.J. Hopkins | Lacy,” which will continue to operate as a Branch Group company.
“G.J. Hopkins and L.A. Lacy have a long history in our markets. By leveraging our reputations and combining resources, we look to procure more profitable work, especially in areas where our traditional markets have overlapped, such as around Lexington and Lynchburg,” said Caldwell. “G.J. Hopkins | Lacy offers greater resources with more diverse backgrounds and expertise.”
Former L.A. Lacy President Jeff Lewis will serve the Branch Group family of companies as the senior vice president of transformation and infrastructure. In this new role, Jeff will be responsible for corporate strategy, including designing and executing workstreams critical to the Branch Group’s continued success and reporting progress to the CEO and board of directors. He will also oversee the IT Department and any future mergers and acquisitions.

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Headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, and serving clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, Branch touches all aspects of the built environment. As a full-service construction solutions partner, Branch is committed to exceptional performance and to developing business relationships sustained by mutual benefit and respect.

Branch has total revenues of over $500 million and a workforce of more than 1,000 employee-owners. Through its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), Branch ensures every employee has a vested interest in its success. Visit or to learn more.